MOSCOW, June 11 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday it is not right that the US State Department supports opposition activists in Russia.
“[Russia’s] diplomatic service doesn’t cooperate actively with the Occupy Wall Street activists, yet your diplomatic service actively cooperates [with Russia’s opposition] and supports them,” Putin said in the interview with Russia Today.
Putin said diplomatic services should mend ties between states and not get involved in domestic affairs. “I believe, this is wrong,” the Russian president said as he visited RT’s new Moscow broadcasting center.
Meanwhile, Putin said “any opposition is good, right and helpful” if it acts within the law. He added that if people are dissatisfied with the laws, the opposition should try to change them in a “democratic way.”
When protesters break the law, the government should use legal methods to “put everyone in the legislative field,” Putin said. “This is what's happening both in the United States and Russia,” he said. “But when we do that we are criticized, but when the United States does this, it is considered as a norm. These are the so-called double standards,” he added.
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- Mikhail1228FARA23:07, 13/06/2013Would it be permisable for the Chinese to contribute large sums of money towards NGO's that support fringe opposition candidates in US Presidential elections? The answer is a resounding NO due to the US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). So why should Russia do different? Russia doesn't want foreign intrusion into their domestic affairs and elections any more than we do in the USA!!!
- Mikhail1228US 1966 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)23:18, 13/06/2013FARA is the US 1966 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) It was enacted to "minimize foreign intervention" in U.S. elections by establishing a series of limitations on foreign governments and nationals. In 1974, the prohibition was incorporated into the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), giving the FEC jurisdiction over its enforcement and interpretation.
According to the FEC, FECA "prohibits any foreign national or government from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly. It is also unlawful to help foreign nationals or governments violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them. Persons who knowingly and willfully engage in these activities may be subject to fines and/or imprisonment."
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